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Building HistoriesThe Archival and Affective Lives of Five Monuments in Modern Delhi$
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Mrinalini Rajagopalan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226283470

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226331898.001.0001

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Interrupting the Archive: Indigenous Voices and Colonial Hegemony

Interrupting the Archive: Indigenous Voices and Colonial Hegemony

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(p.61) Interrupting the Archive: Indigenous Voices and Colonial Hegemony
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Building Histories
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Mrinalini Rajagopalan

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226331898.003.0003

This chapter overturns colonial rhetoric regarding illiterate Indians who were lethargic about preserving their built heritage. Instead it shows the passionate claims and histories presented by a local community to save a small Sufi shrine, the Rasul Numa Dargah, from British expropriation and possible demolition during the building of New Delhi.

Keywords:   Rasul Numa Dargah, Pir Banbasi’s dargah, Sufi shrines, New Delhi, land acquisition, Edwin Lutyens, seven cities of Delhi

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